Vandalized Temple takes first step to rebuild by Murti Visarjan

By : Pandit Paras Ram Maharaj.

The Bhartiye Temple in Sydney Australia which was vandalized a few weeks ago is gathering itself to get on with the reconstruction job abd restarting temple and prayers. The first step is to do Murti Visarjana (immersion of idols) in deep ocean where they will not be trampeled upon and rest in peace without being disturbed for all time to come.

Temple Priest collecting broken Godheads with mantra recitation

The broken statues of the Godheads were duly dispersed in the ocean floor outside Sydney harbor on Saturday 27th. October, 2018. The procession started with prayer ceremony at the Temple and dispersing the statues with flow of milk in the ocean at Sydney Heads. We hired a boat from Balmoral Beach and went to Sydney Heads in open seas and dispersed all the Moortis in accordance with our religious culture in the Ocean.

Temple executive driving Godheads to deep ocean off Sydney

In the team were Mr. Indarjit Rai, Parveen Singh and Pundit Paras Ram Maharaj who went to disperse the moortis.

Rituals and Murti Visarjana at Sea

Now the Temple building is cleared and ready for reconstruction.

Indian cultural society celebrates Dandia at Darwin Australia

By : Shashi Khanna.

Indian culture celebrates life with seasons, festivals and many events celebrated all across Indian states. Dandia and Garbha the divine dance to worship during Navratri is special from western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Women and men clad in bright coloured traditional attire dance to the rhythmic tunes of worship. 
 

Dandiya NT Australia

 
Indian cultural society has been known to celebrate all festivals with great devotion and zeal. October 20,2018 ,Dandia night was organised at Harmony Hall ,Malak in Darwin. The vibrant event saw group of people from all religions and all faiths gathered to participate in dandia. Women clad in bright flowing dresses banged the divine atmosphere with dandia sticks, dancing on high beats of Indian music in circle. Dandiya form of dance uses sticks during the dance while Garbha has use of clapping hands while swaying the bodies in circular movements. 
 
 
It was wonderful to see people of age groups dancing in excitement. Aged and children all were equal participants with young people in dance. Beautifully decorated hall with flowers and bright glittering decorations added to the holy spirit of Dandiya. 
 
The mixed group of Punjabis, Gujaratis , south Indian and Fiji Indian gave a beautiful charm to the evening. A sumptuous elaborate dinner awaited all. After the zeal full dance dinner was enjoyed by all participants.
 
 
Team of Indian cultural society deserves congratulations and an applause for their beautifully organised event of Dandiya night which gathered all the Indian community together. 
It was indeed a beautiful display of love harmony and acceptance of all cultures, religions and faiths in the celestial natural background of Darwin at Northern Territory which has embraced all on this beautiful land of beaches and water fronts in Australia. 
 
 
I’m still awestruck by the feeling of unity and compassion in such vast diversities of language,culture,colour, lifestyle and faiths. My belief that God supreme is one but to reach him through various paths has found further strong deposition in my heart and mind.

Ramnavami celebrated in Darwin Australia

By : Shashi Khanna.

Multi cultural community celebrate Ramnavmi & Ashtami at Malak temple , Darwin NT

Ramnavmi,birth of Lord Rama who is incarnation of God Vishnu(the creator) as said beautifully in Hindu scripture ‘Ramayana’.Its also the ninth day of Navratri – the 9 auspicious days of Puja and celebrations in India. All the regions and states in India celebrate these days in various forms and different styles.
Malak temple at Darwin at Northern Territory in Australia had crowd of chirpy devotees who gathered to celebrate this day. Durga Puja in Harmony hall which is adjoining the temple was continuing for past eight days. The Malak temple also known as Sri Sai temple is constructed in South India architectural design, beautiful colourfully carved tomb had idols of many deities over the Shivalinga. Idols of Lord Krishna , Nataraj , Ganesh ji adorn the temple room along with Goddess Lakshmi ( prosperity), Saraswati (wisdom & knowledge) and Durga ( power & strength) pictures hung on the ‘ parikarma’ ( the circular path around the main deity also  to look & bow before every form of God ). 
 
 
Many Lamps were lighted with Prasad offered by devotees layed on the huge table in front. The fragrance of flowers added to the pious atmosphere. 
 
The evening started with recital of Mantras from Vedas, all singing rhythmically with the temple priest and devotees. Singing in praise of Lord Shiva and applauding his grace in different forms mesmerized every one. Love and God’s praise doesn’t know any language or words but yes the emotions and feelings of every one present was connected to Almighty. Devotional bhajans followed, sung by devotees who sang with great zeal and enthusiasm. 
 
Hawan was performed in the temple compound with all rituals and blessings for everyone present and their families. 
 
It was really wonderful to see people from different states of India who have their roots there but still celebrate their values and beliefs as a united family in this foreign land. It seemed like a big joint family calling for God’s blessings togather. The importance of Yagya and hawan in this age of awareness of environmental pollution is scientifically proven. 
 
Community meals followed with food volunteered by members. A big feast of different tastes and delicacies further flavoured the divine and cultural atmosphere. 
 
I can’t hold myself to share my personal emotions to participate in these celebrations. India may be divided in various states but here I found ‘ a strong Indianness’ where all gathered to celebrate and be a part of everybody’s happiness and joy. All communities celebrate each and every festival giving regard and respect to every culture. I find myself awestruck to see the Fiji Indian community participating in the Vedic rituals. It is surely to be acknowledged how this group has been able to pass that cultural heritage to their generations who follows our spiritual heritage of Vedic times with all the perfection and zeal.
 
The vibrant support , participation and contribution Fiji Indian community is doing to save gaurd the prosperous and enriched Indian spirituality and philosophy is commendable. They are for sure an example for Individuals who have lost track, faith and trust in our Indian culture and pride of our oldest History of Hinduism. 
 
I salute and bow to their unmonitored and untaught zeal of religious heritage and their ancestors who were blessed with this vow. This will always have special place in my heart and mind followed in my writings. 
 
 
 

Exhibition on Vietnam Hindu Cham Brahman Community Opens

An exhibition featuring the 2018 Kate Festival, the most important annual celebration of the ethnic Cham Brahman community, opened in the central province of Ninh Thuan on October 8.

On the occasion, Mukha Linga and Po Long Girai statues, along with Nandin, Patil, and Banal sacred bulls, costumes, and musical instruments were introduced to the public, contributing to maintaining, preserving, and upholding values of national cultural heritage. 

Le Xuan Loi, Director of the Research Centre for Cham Culture in Ninh Thuan, said the display aims to popularise the unique culture of the Cham ethnic group in Ninh Thuan amongst domestic and foreign visitors. 

On the occasion of Kate festival 2018, antique collectors from across the nation and abroad donated 14 valuable objects of different materials and dates to the centre, which offer visitors an insight into the iron casting, pottery making, and fabric weaving of the Cham people. 

Since 2010, the centre has received over 900 valuable artifacts from antique collectors.

Source: vietnamtourism.com

Australian Hindu wins Noble prize of Mathematics

Professor Venkatesh, who graduated from the University of Western Australia aged 16 with honours in pure mathematics, has achieved his subject’s highest honour. He has been awarded the Fields Medal, known as the “Nobel Prize for mathematics” — awarded once every four years to between two and four people under the age of 40. It is an amazing achievement for the 36-year-old, who was described as a “prodigy” and a “genius” during his teenage years in Perth.

Venkatesh was born in Delhi, India, to a Tamil family who moved to Perth in Western Australia when he was two years old. He attended Scotch College. His mother, Svetha, is a computer science professor at Deakin University. Venkatesh attended extracurricular training classes for gifted students in the state mathematical olympiad program,[8] and in 1993, whilst aged only 11, he competed at the 24th International Physics Olympiad in Williamsburg, Virginia, winning a bronze medal.[9] The following year, he switched his attention to mathematics and, after placing second in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad,[10] he won a silver medal in the 6th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad,[11] before winning a bronze medal at the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad held in Hong Kong.[2] He completed his secondary education the same year, turning 13 before entering the University of Western Australia as its youngest ever student. Venkatesh completed the four year course in three years and became, at 16, the youngest person to earn of First Class Honours in pure mathematics from the University.[2] He was awarded the J. A. Woods Memorial Prize as the most outstanding graduand of the year from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Dentistry, or Medical Science.[12][13]

The Fields Medal,[4][23] is commonly described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics,[24] and Akshay is becoming the second Australian (after Terence Tao)[6] and the second person of Indian descent (after Manjul Bhargava)[7] to be so honoured. The short citation for the medal declared that Venkatesh was being honoured for “his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects.”[5] University of Western Australia Professor Michael Giudici said of his former classmate’s work that “[i]f it was easy for me to explain, then he wouldn’t have received the Fields Medal”.[24] Australian mathematician and media personality Adam Spencer said that “[t]his century will be built by mathematicians, whether it’s computer coding, algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence, app design and the like” and that “we should acknowledge the magnificence of the mathematical mind.”[23] Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Professor Geoff Prince said “Akshay is an exciting and innovative leader in his field whose work will continue to have wide-ranging implications for mathematics” and a worthy recipient of the Fields medal “given his contribution to improving mathematicians’ understanding of analytic number theory, algebraic number theory, and representation theory”.[25]

 

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Gerald Barr – Interviews with non-Indian Hindus

I think Hinduism is an alive tradition that is not frozen in ancient times. It adjusts to the time and place. However, the source must always be preserved. 

I became immensely inspired by Indian Classical Music, and began learning from Ustad Zakir Hussain in 1995. He teaches not just tabla, but also how the music is connected to Hinduism. For example, he traces Indian percussion to Lord Ganesha. He once taught a tabla composition that ‘narrates’ a story of Radha and Krishna. Thus, the music and Hindu spirituality are directly linked.

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Hindus are the most employed group in Australia

Hindus have the highest overall workforce participation rate among all religious groups in Australia, according to RMIT-ABC Fact Check.

Youth PoWR chooses a Hindu youth speaker

By:Vincy Jain.

A Youth Parliament of World’s Religions is being held next month. Hindu council of Australia is participating as one of the organizers.

Our youth member Vincy has been participating in its cabinet meetings and has sent the following report.

Our meeting was held at this year’s venue, the Soka Gakkai International in Olympic Park, where we had a proper site visit before commencing the meeting. Our caterers, AJs Indian restaurant catered this meeting by bringing samosas and vegetarian biryani, which everybody loved! The highlight of our meeting was Mark’s presence. Being a Youth PoWR rep in the past, he brought a lot of insight, advice and knowledge to the table to make sure this years event is fruitful. We decided on the agenda for the event, including interactive activities among the audience, and planning out how we will have the set up for the day. We also had some marketing completed, such as the group picture and video for the FB event page. “

Vincy will be speaking as the Hindu speaker in this year’s event. This year Youth PoWR will be held at SGI Australia, 3 Parkview Dr, Sydney Olympic Park from 2:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, 19th August.  There is free parking available at the place, however you will need to be in early before spaces run out. The venue is also a five minute walk from Sydney Olympic Park Station.

Youth Parliament of World’s religions is an annual conference for the youth and by the youth to raise and discuss issues affecting youth and is an interfaith event. It holds this event in the month of September every year. 

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1. In a Yajna, oblations are offered into the fire? Yes/No

 
 

2. Japa requires you repeat a mantra over and over?

 
 

3. Puja should have either mantra or bhajans sung in the praise of the Lord? Yes/No

 
 

4. Each festival has some story and rituals associated with it? Yes/No

 
 

5. Those following the path of Gnan (knowledge) do not have to do any Yajna? Yes/No

 
 

6. In most Hindu temples, deity is woken up in the morning and set to sleep in the evening? Yes/No

 
 

7. There are only 4 rites of passage and every Hindu must follow them? Yes/No

 
 

8. A Hindu Aarati must have a lamp or a flame? Yes/No

 
 

9. Hindus in ancient time used to carry Ganga water with them for drinking when travelling overseas? Yes/No

 
 

10. Darshan of a Hindu God is an act of devotee seeing the Lord as well as Lord seeing the devotee? Yes/No

 
 

11. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No

 
 

12. Which of the following are samskars (rites of passage)?

 
 
 
 
 
 

13. Every Hindu must perform Rituals? Yes/No

 
 

14. Aarati can be offered to multiple Gods at the same time? Yes/No

 
 

15. Which of the following are places of pilgrimage?

 
 
 
 

16. Kumbhmela held at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers is attended by a hand full of people? Yes/No

 
 

17. Puja (worship) can only be performed by a Brahmin priest only? Yes/No

 
 

18. A Hindu must do all the rituals inside a temple only? Yes/No

 
 

19. Which of the following paths can lead to Moksha (salvation)?

 
 
 
 

20. A Hindu Aarati always has song accompanying the waving of a flame or a light?

 
 

21. Samskara (rites of passage) celebrate major life events? Yes/No

 
 

22. Yajna (fire-oblation) can only be performed during a marriage ceremony? Yes/No

 
 

23. Food offered to God in a puja worship is only meant for God and cant be consumed by devotees? Yes/No